THE TRUTH ABOUT THOSE PILLS YOU MAY BE POPPING
If you’re overweight, you’re not alone. In 2020, more than 70% of men and women are either overweight or obese, leading to a weight loss market worth a record $72 billion. The appeal of being able to lose huge amounts of weight fast is hard to resist. Which is why the temptation to use diet pills is so strong. But are the products you find online and over-the-counter safe? Let’s start with “absolutely not”, and go from there.
FDA? NO WAY
The makers of dietary supplements are responsible for ensuring the safety of their product and making honest claims about possible benefits. But because they aren’t regulated or required to be approved by the FDA, diet pill manufacturers can claim to be or do almost anything and no one can say otherwise. Even the wildest claims are never checked for accuracy. So where does that put you?
WHAT’S IN THESE THINGS ANYWAY?
Diet pills often use the word “natural” or “herbal”. Says them, as we said above. Example: before being banned by the FDA in 2004, many diet supplements contained ephedra, an evergreen plant found in Central Asia and Mongolia–an herbal stimulant that was deemed too dangerous, in too many ways. Despite this, some diet pills still illegally use ephedra in their products. So much for “natural”. Actually, many diet pills contain a mind-numbing list of questionable substances. Some contain caffeine, capsaicin found in chili peppers, or chitosan, a fiber like substance derived from crustacean shells. Before you think “oh, that doesn’t sound too awful”, we’ll continue. Some diet pills have hidden ingredients that include antidepressants, steroids, pesticides, laxatives, anti-seizure medicines and toxic heavy metals. Because the manufacturers don’t have to list these ingredients on their product labels, dieters have no way of knowing that they were ingesting any of it.
IT’S ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU SICK
We’ll get right to some of the scary things that these thoroughly unproven pills can cause, because there’s no way around it:
- Kidney problems
- Liver damage
- Rapid breathing
- Elevated blood pressure
- Heart attacks
And that is just the tip of the iceberg depending on the product and your personal health.
SELLING THE SCAMS
You’ve all heard the call of the snake oil diet pill salesmen. Calls that aren’t just unrealistic, they’re unending. Mass emails, pop up ads on your devices. Here are some you might have come across: Lose 60 pounds in 3 weeks. The product is free—you just have to pay shipping. Buy 2 bottles, get the 3rd free. Limited time only. Give us your credit card and we’ll ship you this amazing product every month at a huge discount. 100% money-back guarantee. And on and on. Sound familiar? There are roughly 8,000 diet pills and supplements out there and many are just old formulations that just keep resurfacing. Create a new flashy label and packaging, slap a new catchy name on it, advertise using a Thesaurus of inspiring words and dig up some fake testimonials from thin people who never needed to lose weight in their life. Bam! You’ve got yourself an all new more expensive diet pill whose only reason for being is to prey on your insecurities, give you false hope and beef up their bottom lines. Just as a final note, to make it a bit more relatable, in recent TikTok ads, scammers used fake news articles that falsely claimed to be from CNN and Fox News to make it seem as if celebrities are promoting certain diet pills. If ever there were hoaxes, there are some doozies.
THE SKINNY ON WHAT REALLY WORKS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Time to get real. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, hope isn’t far away at Thrive Health Solutions. Among the many ways Thrive is dedicated to your overall health, medical weight loss is a large part of it. Thrive’s rapid weight loss options are highly successful, wholistic, cutting edge, medically developed and doctor guided. These options include pharmaceutical HCG, custom compounded fat-burning lipotropic injections, B12 injections, appetite suppressants and the new FDA approved AOD 9604 weight loss peptide. All well researched and developed for true safety and effectiveness. When combined with Paleo, Keto, intermittent fasting or Thrive’s proprietary 1200-calorie weight loss diet, you can lose from ½ to 1 lb. daily. It adds up. Where taking diet pills never adds up to anything that’s ever good. No matter which weight loss solution is right for you, at Thrive you’ll always have someone in your corner with ongoing support and assistance from our professional medical and support staff. If you’re ready to pop your last questionable diet pill, call or text Thrive Health Solutions now. And get ready for a new thinner healthy you.